Histories of unfree work in Queensland
ScoMo’s assertion that ‘there was no slavery in Australia’ (2 June 2020, 2GB radio) is plainly wrong. In the 19th and 20th centuries, abduction, coercion, violence, extreme exploitation and wage theft were constant features of the labour relations imposed on Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander people in Queensland and elsewhere in Australia.
Why do politicians and conservative commentators continue to deny or downplay this history? Why does this history matter? How can we overturn the legacies of inequality and racism?
Join us for a day of talks and discussion about colonised labour in Queensland, the rich history of industrial, political and legal resistance by First Nations workers, and the significance of this history today.
• Dr Jonathan Richards
• Dr Valerie Cooms
• Uncle John McCabe
• Paul Richards
• And more to be announced!
Saturday 27 March 2021
10:00am (for 10:30) to 3.00pm
AHEPA Hall, 126A Boundary Street,
Free event! Gold coin donations welcomed.
Presented by the Brisbane Labour History Association and The Cloudland Collective